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26 June 2013
EDITOR Lucia Swart-Walters
DEPUTY EDITOR Jared Orlin
10 Making a TV show
affair with Iris
under the duvet
covers – she tells the
Isibaya world what
they’ve been up to.
number one gangster
behind bars? Sibusiso’s
future isn’t looking too
bright all of a sudden.
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costs an arm, a leg, a
kidney and a liver –
here’s a look into why
you need more than
just a good idea to
get onto television.
11 The Fixer’s Kerry
Washington spills the
beans on what it’s like
playing Olivia Pope.
14 Well what have
we here? The Wisteria
Lane housewives are
back and they’ve
changed quite a bit…
15 Stars from hit local
series Intersexions lift
the lids on the shocking
secrets that they were
too embarrassed to
reveal to their families.
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BEING A MENTALIST
made his way over
to Muvhango and we
check out his and his
23 Will Scandal! couple
Tino and Erin ﬁnally get
their baby? Yes, but not
in the traditional sense.
24 Rhythm City’s cast
is expanding, so let’s
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25 Nadia’s Hillside love
life goes up in smoke –
will she follow the puff,
puff, pass habit?
26 Need inspiration?
Look no further than
7de Laan’s Simoné
Nortmann – you won’t
believe her life story.
28 Who needs Cribs
when we’ve got a tour
of the DiMera Mansion?
We even see where
super-bad Stefano adds
a little culture to his
life with his piano.
30 The temperature’s
on Days screens
as Night Time Hope
gets ready to burn
hubby Bo to a crisp.
And someone falls
down the stairs…
37 Look no further,
sports fans – we’ve
picked the hottest
sporting action for you.
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on Days Of Our Lives. We all know how much effort goes
into designing a set, but it still blows my mind when I read
about all the little things that they think about. The next
time one of the actors throws a chess piece around, I’ll
remember that the set designers bought the chess set from
a local toy store. And those oil paintings are digital prints
that have been enhanced. Now imagine sitting at Stefano’s
desk smoking a cigar – no wonder he thinks he’s invincible.
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I heard how she tried to end
her life and why she decided
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There’s a series of M-Net Series channels.
Hi tvplus team. I heard that
M-Net’s adding channels.
How will this work? – BONGI
M-Net’s taking the existing
Series channel and giving it
a facelift – it’ll become three
channels from 9 July. M-Net
Series Showcase (113) will bring
you all the hottest new shows
including sci-ﬁ series Deﬁance,
Sex & The City prequel The
Carrie Diaries, True Blood 6,
Criminal Minds 8 and Grimm 1.
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offer, including America’s Got
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And M-Net Series Zone (114)
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Hi tvplus. I see Nico Panagio
and Ursula Chikane have
come back to Top Billing –
are they replacing anyone?
Fringe is coming…
I hope that the tvplus team
can help me with this. I really
miss Fringe and I know that
there’s a ﬁfth season. Any
idea when we’ll get to see it?
– JASMINE BASSON, SHELLY BEACH
There is indeed a ﬁfth season of
this epic sci-ﬁ drama that stars
John Noble (Walter), Joshua
Jackson (Peter) and Anna Torv
(Olivia). However, after we
approached M-Net, they said
that we won’t see it before
September. An exact date hasn’t
been conﬁrmed for the ﬁfth
season, which also happens to
be the ﬁnal season of the series.
– COLEEN BARNES, JOBURG
It was quite a surprise to see
them doing their thing again,
wasn’t it? We got hold of
SABC3 publicity co-ordinator
Doulha Domingo, who says
that the returning duo are
additions to the Top Billing
presenter line-up, not replacements. Apparently they’ll be
ﬁlling in when the other
presenters aren’t available.
NYOKANA, PORT ELIZABETH
Take a deep breath and relax –
Cherel (Michelle Botes) and Len
(Chris Beasly) are still very much
part of the Isidingo family. While
the Isidingo team didn’t have
much to say about the confusing
opening credits, they did tell us
that Cherel and Len will be back
soon. Michelle’s taking a welldeserved break, while Chris is
focusing on his directing role at
the soap. Keep your eyes open –
this pair will return with a bang!
Don’t count Michelle
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tvplus, with Scandal! now
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– BONGIWE MSIZWA, PRETORIA
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week from 1 July. And there are
more changes – while Mo Flava
stays on as the presenter, Dineo
Ranaka’s leaving to join ProVerb
and Nandi Mngoma on the
newly rebooted All Access. She’ll
be replaced by Thando Thabethe
from Yfm when Club 808 gets
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I recently attended the Good Food & Wine show in Cape
Town and I heard rumours that Gordon Ramsay will be a
guest judge on MasterChef SA’s new season. Is this true,
tvplus? – JANETTE IMMELMAN, CAPE TOWN
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Hi Janette. Gordon Ramsay announced to audiences around the
country that he’ll be a guest chef on MasterChef SA season 2. But
this isn’t true. Naughty Gordon! Ingrid Engelbrecht, senior publicity
executive for M-Net, dismisses this rumour. However, she went on
to say that there will be other surprises in store. “We do have other
international special appearances lined up, but these will remain
top secret until they’re revealed on the show.” Sizzling stuff!
Hi tvplus. When will the fourth
season of Gossip Girl come to
SABC3? – JULIA, HERMANUS
all but gone.
Except for repeats, Gossip Girl
won’t be seen on SABC3 again
this year. While the SABC3 team
seem very keen to bring back the
show for a fourth round, they
aren’t able to work it into their
schedules for 2013. We’ll cross
our ﬁngers and hold thumbs
that this will change soon.
We don’t need CSIs to
solve this question.
I’M NO NIGHT OWL
Hello tvplus. I’d like to know why CSI: NY and CSI are
scheduled so late in the evenings – I’m asleep by that
time – ANNELIEN SWANEPOEL, VANDERBIJLPARK
There’s a really rational explanation for this, Annelien. It’s called
a watershed. Certain programmes are only allowed to be aired
after the watershed. In South Africa, all programmes with an age
restriction of 16 and higher may not be aired before 21:00, so the
broadcasters have to ﬁt these shows in at a much later time. With
CSI being rated 16 most of the time, the channels have no choice
but to broadcast the episodes this late.
what has Melina
been up to since
she left CSI: NY in
2010? – SUSAN DU
with WWE Superstar
Dwayne “The Rock”
Johnson in the 2013
movie Snitch. She
plays Dwayne’s onscreen ex-wife Sylvie
Collins. Other than
that, Melina’s been
quietly enjoying some
The gorgeous actress
family life with her
with the big hair recently put
husband Peter Constantinides
an end to her long showbiz
and their two daughters Zoe
absence when she joined forces (13) and Eleni (10).
Dear tvplus. I’m a huge fan of
The Borgias. Will there be a fourth
season and when will we see it?
main man Howza.
WHO’S THE MAN?
I love Bar-One Manhunt!
Can you please tell me more
about the new season? –
WILLIAM MADLAKAZI, NORTH WEST
You’ll be thrilled to hear that the
third season of Bar-One Manhunt
will premiere on Tuesday 30 July
at 21:00 on SABC1 – yes, they’ve
changed channels. Another big
change is the presenter: Ursula
Chikane passed up the chance
and kwaito star Howza comes in.
The bad, bad, bad Borgias
are bowing out.
– LOUISA GUTHRIE, CAPE TOWN
We have some very sad news, Louisa.
Showtime recently announced that
the third season of The Borgias will be
its last. While the series was planned
to run for four seasons, producers
have decided to rather end it
while the ratings are still looking
relatively good. Showtime head
honcho David Nevins has also said
that “whatever bonded them as a
family dies in the (ﬁnal) episode,”
adding that “the centre of the
drama for me was always the
family”. The season was meant to
have a two-hour ﬁnale but that’s
also been scrapped. p
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the 29 best shows on TV this issue
WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKER THE MENTALIST
1 SABC3 21:00 E7
2 SABC3 22:00 E19
THE FIRST FAMILY
1 SABC1 19:00 E16
4 SABC2 18:30 E4
The truckers drive gorgeously
decorated Tatas but they won’t
have time to appreciate India’s
sights: it’s monsoon season.
We get some different (and funfor-fashion) ﬂashbacks about the
President’s wedding and how
Katherine’s dress was ruined.
Remember creepy horror ﬂick
Ghost Ship? Now imagine Jim
and Melinda honeymooning
at sea on a ship full of spooks.
3 M-Net 20:30 E1
8 Vuzu 20:30 E10
2 M-Net Series 19:00 E5
Why’s there a corpse on Warrick
Brown’s grave? And how’s it tied
to his son Eli (played by Days’
Theo aka Terrell Ransom Jr)?
Our season 2 cliffhanger queries
are answered as season 3 kicks
off, like: who is Shelburne? And
we meet Steve’s mom.
Ah yes, blooper time. Host Chris
Harrison asks Emily how many of
the guys she hopes to sleep with.
Her answer? “Hopefully all 25!”
Cece’s obnoxious model roomie
Nadia thinks that Jess looks like
a monkey from a Cracker ad and
makes her dance to the jingle.
Woah! Van Pelt telling a contract
killer that she wants him to off
Rigsby! Has she had it with their
sexy romance, or is it a trap?
M-Net 21:30 E7
2 SABC3 22:30 E16
THE DR OZ SHOW
3 SABC3 15:45 E59
1 SABC1 20:30 E21
3 SABC3 18:00 E11
A hooker who kills share traders
and stock brokers and an episode
featuring a stool pigeon that’s
an actual pigeon? That’s Life.
Even if you’re not a fan, watch
this one – Dr Oz answers viewers’
most embarrassing questions.
PS: Betty White’s in it too.
The Model Search gets everyone
plotting and scheming ’til Neyo
blows them out the water with
a revelation about her and Kuti.
The Mode-Elle rivalry is back as
Betty and Marc face off with an
Elle spy. And ex-Project Runway
judge Zac Posen plays himself.
666 PARK AVENUE
1 M-Net Series 23:30 E13
EDDIE IZZARD: SEXIE
Comedy Central 20:55 E1
1 M-Net 21:30 E3
10 OVER 10
2 Vuzu 19:30 E8
The series bows out with a ﬁnal
nod to its Rosemary’s Baby roots
– not only is Jane pregnant, she
also ﬁnds out who her daddy is.
Eddie Izzard’s stand-up comedy
specials continue with his views
on Greek myths, sharks, dentists
and stuff he’s been doing on TV.
Norman’s special brand of crazy
lands him in hospital as Norma
dodges the doctor’s questions
about previous blackouts. Uh oh.
Brrr! Sizzle off those mid-winter
blues as the show’s hosts – and
Da LES – pick the local celeb gals
with the 10 hottest beach bodies.
26 June 2013 tvplus
1 SABC3 19:30 E7
1 e.tv 20:30 E13
5 SABC3 20:00 E14
Percy and Amanda are at their
twisted best when they put two
new recruits through the ringer
and keep the one who snaps.
Local celebs like True Blood’s
Nodumiso Tembe, model Katryn
Kruger and Top Billing’s Bonang
reveal how they handle fame.
Tracy’s in hiding after winning
an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar,
Tony)… because Tracy Morgan
was having a kidney transplant.
1 Comedy Central 19:40 E1
1 Vuzu 19:30 E1
Will Parish’s plot come off? And
check Gary stepping over bodies
to Simon and Garfunkel’s The
Only Living Boy In New York.
SNL’s Andy Samberg drives a
nice British family nuts as the
daughter’s ﬂaky, nonsensepreaching US husband Dale.
You’d better redneckognise!
It’s Redneck Survivor with WWE
star Stone Cold Steve Austin and
features fancy outhouses prizes!
1000 WAYS TO DIE
6 SonyMax 20:30 E8
) SABC3 20:30 E5
THE CLOSE UP
3 e.tv 21:30 E1
See a hilariously gross re-enactment of a strongman contest
that ends with a contestant in
a kilt suffering an “ass-plosion”.
Oh, those poor girls! Watch as
Natalie and Ashley ﬂinch when
Phillip works out in front of
them in his dodgy pink undies.
Celebs chat to Nicky Greenwall –
starting with Pam Andrews, who
spills on her childhood, love and
divorce, motherhood and fame.
GA RE DUMELE
3 SABC2 19:00 E26
9 M-Net 19:30 E22
1 M-Net Showcase 21:30 E1
Season 2 ended with Gabs
trying to marry Jane. He’s back
to try again. At least give him
credit for being persistent…
A magician’s assistant is sawn in
two, Zola throws Mer and Der a
tea party, and One Tree Hill’s
Hilarie Burton plays Dr Boswell.
It’s The Closer’s spin-off and will
fans give Captain Raydor (Mary
McDonnell) the time of day as
she takes over Major Crimes?
The Fixer star
Get into this!
Everyone’s talking about this
series, but can you get into it
if you just jump in somewhere
in the middle? Yes, you can!
2 Mondays M-Net 20:30
It’s about Olivia Pope (Kerry
Washington) and her team
who stop Washington scandals
before they get to the public in
this series from Grey’s Anatomy
creator Shonda Rhimes.
Five things you need to know:
1. Everyone on Olivia’s team
owes her for some secret
that they’re covering up.
2. Olivia’s having an affair with
President Fitzgerald Grant,
which the President’s wife
Mellie has helped her cover
up… for now.
3. The Cytron/Deﬁance scandal
has to do with election fraud
that was covered up with a
fake terrorist attack. Mellie
and Olivia were in on it with
some other DC bigwigs.
4. President Grant’s just been
shot and suspects that his
wife knew it would happen –
watch the look he gives her
as he’s put in the ambulance.
5. Coming up soon: there’s a
massive revelation about
Olivia’s father. p
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2 Universal 20:00 E13
27 Jun/E24: Jade uses the snake talisman to secretly
go with Jackie as he serves as Lee-Lee’s bodyguard.
4 Jul/E25: Water demon Bai Tza wants to create a
new underwater empire by sinking San Francisco.
Shake It Up
3 Saturdays Disney 09:05
29 Jun/E11: Flynn sees Georgia kiss her dad the
Not sure what to do with the kiddies while school’s closed?
There’s more than enough for them to watch on TV…
night before her wedding to Jeremy.
6 Jul/E12: Phil gives Rocky a spot on Shake It Up
Chicago but she declines.
Phineas And Ferb
4 Fridays Disney XD 15:35
28 Jun/E9: Phineas and Ferb inﬁltrate the Antius
Maximus, a massive ant farm ﬁlled with giant ants.
5 Jul/E10: Perry meets an Aussie platypus hunter
named Liam who’s out to destroy him.
here’s plenty to keep the
kids busy during the term
break. From cute cartoons
and superhero action series
to age-appropriate films –
here’s our handy guide to
programming for your little ones.
Children’s Play Network Saturdays (06:0010:00) and Sundays (06:30-09:00) includes:
Lilo & Stitch
2 Saturdays 07:19
29 Jun/E18: Lilo sets out to clean the pollutants
from the Grotto where Pudge the ﬁsh lives.
6 Jul/E19: The Recess kids “holiday” in Hawaii.
Despicable Me Saturday 6 Jul 19:30
Animation Diabolical supervillain Gru adopts
three little orphan girls as part of his plan to
steal the moon. Voices of Steve Carell, Russell
Brand, Jason Segel.
Daddy Day Camp Friday 28 Jun 14:30
1 Mondays & Tuesdays 14:30
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man
24 Jun/E8: A new Spider-Man in black appears.
3 Saturdays 08:29
29 Jun/E25: Oliver becomes an overnight sensation
25 Jun/E9: Spider-Man and his friends meet Thor
and his half-brother Loki on a trip to Asgard.
1 Jul/E10: A mutant called Mesmero use his powers
to switch Spider-Man and Wolverine’s personalities.
2 Jul/E11: Spider-Man must save Venom.
after performing on a TV talent show.
6 Jul/E26: Miley makes up for Hannah ruining Lilly’s
last birthday with a special girls’ night out.
Comedy Two dads try to keep their summer
camp aﬂoat. Cuba Gooding Jr, Lochlyn Munro.
CJ7 Friday 5 Jun 14:30
Family A poor worker learns important lessons
after his son gets an odd new toy. Stephen
Chow, Jiao Xu.
Batman and Ben 10 Movie Week!
Batman: Subzero Wed 26 Jun Cartoon
2 Wednesdays & Thursdays 14:30
26 Jun/E8: Ben and his friends are forced to go
through basic training at the Plumber’s Academy.
27 Jun/E9: Dr Animo attacks with an army of giant
frogs, and Gwen’s faced with a tough choice.
3 Jul/E10: Eon’s returned to plague every version
of Ben across space and time.
4 Jul/E11: Max tells the kids about
his ﬁrst encounter with aliens and
how he met Verdona.
Ben 10: Race Against Time
Power Rangers: Samurai
1 Mondays 15:30
1 Jul/E16: With the Red Ranger in Deker’s clutches,
the rest of the Rangers face a Nighlok alone.
8 Jul/E17: The Rangers enter the Dream World
to rescue Mia and Antonio.
Dragonball Z Kai
1 Omnibus Sat 11:00-13:00
29 Jun/E37-E40: Vegeta and
Frieza go to war, Piccolo joins the
battle, Goku and Frieza pummel
each other and Goku summons
the awesome power of Kaio-Ken.
6 July/E41-E44: Goku’s attacks fail
to faze Frieza, and Cell talks Vegeta
into letting him achieve perfect form.
26 June 2013 tvplus
@ Tuesdays 15:30
2 Jul/E14: The gang stop in a town
having a PokeRinger competition.
9 Jul/E15: Dawn’s attacked by a
wild Aggron and falls into a river.
Dragonball Z Kai.
Animation Mr Freeze kidnaps Batgirl as an
involuntary organ donor as he tries to save
his dying wife. Voice of Kevin Conroy.
Jackie Chan Adventures
Thursday 27 Jun Cartoon Network 10:00
Action Ben must stop a mysterious alien
enemy who’s destroying the city. Voice of
Boomerang: Tom & Jerry Week!
Tom & Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers
Wednesday 26 Jun Cartoon Network 17:30
Animation The fur ﬂies as the duo set sail on a
pirate ship and hunt for buried treasure. Voices
of Mark Hamill, Kathy Najimy.
Tom & Jerry: The Fast And The Furry
Thursday 27 Jun Cartoon Network 17:30
Animation The heat is on as Tom and Jerry race
around the world. Voice of Charles Adler. p
2 Thursdays 15:30
BY JUANITA DANIELS. PHOTOS: CARTOON NETWORK, DISNEY, MARVEL.
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
hat do Ryan Seacrest,
Simon Cowell and Mark
Burnett have in common?
They’ve all helped to bring
some of the most popular
reality series to TV – the
Kardashian franchises, Idols, X Factor and
Survivor wouldn’t exist without them. But
it takes more than brains to make good TV.
You’ll need lots and lots of money. From
expensive actor and presenter salaries, to
writers, sets costumes and marketing…it
costs a pretty penny to produce a TV show.
HOW TO GET STARTED
After an idea’s greenlit by a network like
NBC or HBO, or locally SABC, e.tv or M-Net,
it’s sent to a production studio where the
expensive magic happens. US shows tend
to be three times more expensive than
other countries’ to produce. The lowest
cost is about $500 000 (around R5 million)
per episode, but an average episode costs
between $1.5 and 2 million (R15-20 million)
– and they’re increasing. In its day, hospital
drama ER cost a whopping $13 million per
episode. That’s R130 million that NBC paid
Warner Brothers for production. And what
about a current estimate? Arguably the
world’s most popular and talked-about
series is Game Of Thrones. As well as being
the most pirated series at the moment, it’s
also possibly the most expensive: season 1’s
budget was $60 million (R600 million) and
it increased by 15 percent for season 2!
THE FAMOUS FACES
Talent also costs a lot. The less well-known
the star, the lower their salary. Background
actors in Hollywood receive an average of
the equivalent of R1 200 a day, while actors
26 June 2013 tvplus
Game Of Thrones’
budget is massive.
who perform a single line of dialogue
get paid around R7 000 a day, and a stunt
co-ordinator commands roughly R25 000
per week. Ashton Kutcher’s currently the
highest-paid TV actor, earning $700 000
(R7 million) per episode of Two And A Half
Men, while Sofia Vergara is the highestearning TV actress for 2013. Along with
some of her Modern Family co-stars, she
makes about $170 000 (R1.7 million) per
episode. And there are 24 episodes per
season! The Kardashian clan signed
a $30 million (that’s R300 million!)
contract for the 2012 season of
Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Even pint-sized Snooki’s doing well.
She made R300 000 per episode of
reality show Jersey Shore.
The Kardashians coined
it big with their shows.
actor salaries. American Idol followed suit
and bombarded us with cola images and
car mentions. If a show chooses not to
take the advertising route, TV merchandise
is everywhere. CBS has an online store for
most of their shows and you can get How
I Met Your Mother umbrellas and “No shirt
Sherlock” shirts from Elementary. Some
networks, like HBO, pay with money made
from their shares in subscriptions to cable
TV. But it isn’t always possible to keep up.
CSI: Miami, despite being hugely successful,
had to be cancelled in 2012 due to sky-high
production costs. Even a long-running
animated show like The Simpsons was in
danger of being cancelled in 2011 when its
23rd season was deemed too pricey and
voice actors took a 45-percent paycut.
IN SOUTH AFRICA?
What do these costs look like here?
W wish we could tell you. While
w can guarantee that they’re
less than a US
sshow, the local TV industry
is tight-lipped. Lani Lombard,
M-Net’s corporate communicaAshton Kutcher makes tions manager, says “M-Net
BEG, BORROW AND STEAL
R170 million per season treats remuneration figures as
So where does all this moola come of Two And A Half Men. highly confidential, in the same
way that businesses don’t reveal
from? It depends. Some producers
employee salaries. Even vague
borrow money to see their dreams
open up possibilities
come true. Others, like Mark Burnett,
ffor incorrect – and even unfair –
need to find funding before their
assumptions.” That’s why AFP
show goes global. Burnett secured
advertisers who bought on-air ad
is becoming the chosen route,
time, product placement and links on
w big-name brands taking the
the show’s website to completely cover
role of sponsors behind shows
Survivor’s production. This was the start
like Tropika Island Of Treasure
of reality TV’s cheaper brand of TV that
and the Bar-One Man Hunt. p
requires zero scripting and no famous
BY LUKA RIBEIRO. PHOTOS: E! ENTERTAINMENT, HBO, WARNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION.
So you’ve got a brilliant idea for a new
TV series, but how much will it actually
cost to get that show off the ground?